John Nikolaos Laliotis
John Nikolaos Laliotis
  • October 5, 1938 - August 9, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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LALIOTIS, John Nick (78) of Tampa passed away while in Greece on August 9, 2017. He was born October 5, 1938, the son of Nikolaos and Vasiliki Laliotis. He was born in Greece where he grew up in Arravonitsa, a village in the Peloponnese. He proudly served his birth country as an officer in the Greek Army. After the army, he set out for Montreal where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Concordia University, followed by a Master’s Degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. His career was vast and varied. He worked as a project engineer for private companies and the local governments in Virginia. He then moved his family back to Greece and worked as a Senior Civil Engineer where he coordinated and supervised projects involving underground infrastructures for the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force Bases in Germany and Italy. He helped design water treatment plants for 2 cities in Libya. Upon his return to the States, he worked at the City of Tampa as a Project Engineer and the City of Tarpon Springs as the City Engineer. The natural progression of all his experience led him to open his own firm for engineering, general contracting and real estate. During this time he worked on many projects such as renovation projects at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami to the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. He had collaborated with Chihuly for placement of one his famous glass sculptures and with record artist Prince before his performances in Miami. He built and renovated many churches in the Tampa Bay Area including the renovation of the administrative areas of his loved St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church. It was always important for him to give back to honor his Greek Heritage. He helped to update the church in his home village with the replacement of the stained glass windows. He was involved with the Foundation of Hellenism of America where he completed structural plans for the erecting of the Statue of Olympia, the mother of Alexander the Great in Ioannina and the statue of Dr. George Papanicolaou, the inventor of the Pap Smear, located on the campus of the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami. He was past president of the Panhellenic Federation of Florida. John's family, faith and Greek Heritage were most important to him. Nothing could put a smile on his face more than seeing his grandchildren. They loved their Pappou. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nota, and children Vivian Samuel (Calvin), Nick Laliotis (Melissa), Georgia Kane (Lance), Stavros Laliotis (Adriana), Costa Laliotis and many cherished grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters Anna Andreadis (Kosta) Maria Spinoulas (Denny) and Eleni Papapetrou (Kosta), brother Panayiotis (Vaso) and his many beloved nieces and nephews. He will be truly missed. Visitation will be at Blount and Curry Macdill, 605 S. Macdill Ave, Tampa 33609 from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 20th with Trisagion prayers at 7:30 P.M. Funeral services will be Monday, August 21st at 10:30 A.M. at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, 2418 W Swann Ave, Tampa, FL 33609. Burial will follow at Garden of Memories in Tampa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church Dome Restoration Fund.